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On the nonlinear stability of a quasi-two-dimensional drift kinetic model for ion temperature gradient turbulence

By G. G. Plunk

Abstract

We study a quasi-two-dimensional electrostatic drift kinetic system as a model for near-marginal ion temperature gradient (ITG) driven turbulence. A proof is given of the nonlinear stability of this system under conditions of linear stability. This proof is achieved using a transformation that diagonalizes the linear dynamics and also commutes with nonlinear $E\times B$ advection. For the case when linear instability is present, a corollary is found that forbids nonlinear energy transfer between appropriately defined sets of stable and unstable modes. It is speculated that this may explain the preservation of linear eigenmodes in nonlinear gyrokinetic simulations. Based on this property, a dimensionally reduced ($\infty\times\infty \rightarrow 1$) system is derived that may be useful for understanding dynamics around the critical gradient of Dimits

Topics: Physics - Plasma Physics
Publisher: 'AIP Publishing'
Year: 2015
DOI identifier: 10.1063/1.4917233
OAI identifier: oai:arXiv.org:1501.05188

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